Conversations about mass transit frequently dissolve into a debate about “bus vs. train.” Jared Walker from Human Transit talks extensively about this problem here. He also talks about specific differences between bus and rail transit and provides easy to read charts here. To give a very brief summary of his posts, the perception of rail… Continue reading Understanding Bus Rapid Transit
In my GEOG 416E geovisualization class, we recently completed a lab. The premise of this lab was based on comparing the properties of Google Map/Google Earth vs. ArcGIS as geovisualization tools. For my project, I decided to do a cultural and spatial interpretation of the Central Avenue corridor in Albuquerque from a urban planning perspective.… Continue reading The Central Avenue Corridor, Albuquerque, NM
This is a long post. However, you should still skim through it because it is in easy to read outline format! This is basically my structured methodology about how to create an actual transportation revolution, one street at a time. So, here it is: Key to a Social Revolution: Transportation EquityTransportation equity follows one basic… Continue reading MANIFESTO
I have just completed my short five day stay in Madrid, España and am now in Alcala de Henares to begin my actual studies. Though I usually write about transportation, I am interested in anything remotely related to urban form and development and this topic is definitely related. During my adventures through Madrid (by foot… Continue reading ART or GRAFFITI?
I have not posted for a long time. This has been due to the fact that I have been extremely busy working at the ABQ Ride offices and preparing to study abroad in Alcala de Henares, España. This summer, I had a paid internship at ABQ Ride. During my time there, I managed to accomplish… Continue reading Goodbye ABQ Ride, Hola España
After not posting for over one month, I am trying to get back into it. I have had so many ideas and adventures that it has been hard for me to figure out how to turn them into some sort of written form. Alas, without trying there would be no success. My living situation for… Continue reading Back At It from Urbanquerque
Yesterday (May 19, 2010), I attended a meeting that discussed Albuquerques long-term plan for bikeways, trailways and other non-automotive infrastructure improvements (ABQ Bike Map [PDF]). The Albuquerque Bikeways and Trails Master Plan Update is a series of meeting that will be occurring throughout the next year. They will be a series of discussions about the… Continue reading ABQ Bike Planning Open House: Some Great Ideas
For everyone reading this post not from Albuquerque, CNM is the local community college in the Albuquerque metro area. ABQ Ride is the local transportation agency in the city of Albuquerque. CNM and ABQ Ride do not have best relationship. Sure, there are a few ABQ Ride routes that access the CNM campuses. Sure, ABQ… Continue reading CNM and ABQ Ride: Working Together?
I would like to start this post with a disclaimer: I am not an anti-car person, and I never will be. Motor vehicles are amazing inventions. They increase mobility for the users and allow owners of cars to go wherever they want whenever they want. However, there are a few drawbacks to a car oriented… Continue reading What Methods Can We Use to Prevent People from Buying a Car in the First Place? 1. Carsharing
A: There is nowhere to walk to. In my neighborhood in Albuquerque (Far Northeast Heights), I just went on a walk. As I was walking, I decided to estimate how large each house lot was: 33 of my steps. This means that only about 2-5 people live within 33 steps worth of street frontage. In… Continue reading Q: Why Does Nobody Walk?